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05:11:14 PM Jun 8th 2015
edited by Andyxdr
12:20:36 PM Jun 23rd 2015
Can this trope happen in Real Life?
05:36:44 PM Aug 5th 2014
Would anyone be alright with me adding toads to the "Other" section? I've noticed they tend to look oddly stern in just about every situation - being eaten, mating, being picked up by small children.
01:49:55 AM Aug 6th 2014
Seems like it'd fit, although it ought to be spun off into a Real Life section - and I am not sure if we want to have that.
07:39:04 AM Jun 5th 2015
I'm worried if this trope is impossible in Real Life, because I love this trope and I want it to be possible.
08:22:13 PM Dec 31st 2011
Anyone want to make the Wookieepedia thing intelligible? In response to a glaring mistake on Star's Encylopedia, Wookieepedia, priding itself on being a source for anything and everything in Star Wars canon, created this article. As of now, "Kamino" being a unit describing the constant height of clone troopers is technically canonical. An administrator archived this and altered the template for denoting that something was mentioned in the Encylcopedia (allowing the archival link) to facilitate the article. Brief, jocular consideration was given to creating an article on 1.87 meters the planet, but it was decided that that would have been ridiculous. Even after this is inevitably (Read:eventually) rectified, a snippet on the error shall appear in the clone trooper's article.
08:23:08 PM Dec 31st 2011
I should add: i just don't understand what the editor wanted to express, so i can't do it.
03:31:46 AM Sep 23rd 2011
Similar to the Tuvok example, is Agent K really this trope? In both examples of his humor, he's clearly making a joke, just one that's less overt than most. I didn't want to just delete it.
06:57:00 AM Mar 20th 2012
Agreed. The Charlie Chaplin quote and the picture both point to what this trope was originally about while the new article write up reads a lot like Deadpan Snarker which is definitely not this trope. The Comically Serious is supposed to be a serious person who is either unaware of the humor of a situation or trying willfully to ignore it, generally someone who the audience also takes seriously (hence Batman) which makes it funnier.

A deadpan snarker is just someone who uses sarcasm and wit with a deadpan delivery, and they're a participant in the humor.
04:54:42 AM Aug 29th 2011
How strict is this trope anyway? I don't see Brian from Family Guy as being a good example. He's a little more serious than some of the other characters but he has a sense of humor. I can see Lois from the early seasons but she is shown more and more to have a sense of humor (presumably to help explain why she married Peter.)
08:38:27 AM Mar 8th 2011
This new name is stupid. Even by renaming standards, it's stupid. Not even slightly creative and doesn't roll off the tongue at all. Why not something that at least flows a bit like Amusingly Unamusing or something?
05:40:28 AM Mar 13th 2011
I like that. It's to the point, yet witty. +1
10:57:54 PM Apr 3rd 2011
I Agree. The new name is bad, and whoever changed it should feel bad.
08:42:13 PM Jul 25th 2011
Yeah, "Seriously Comical" is already much better.

So... agreed.
08:31:22 PM Feb 1st 2011
edited by Camacan
Dropping this Star Trek: Voyager natter. On the face of it it is possible for a character to both have a very dry sense of humour and take on the Comically Serious role. If this is not true in this case, Repair, Don't Respond. Here would remove the Tuvok example completely, while giving an edit reason.

  • Tuvok actually does have a rather pronounced sense of humour — it's just very dry, even by Vulcan standards, and he doesn't share it with strangers as readily as Spock (who was forever mocking everyone with that eyebrow and almost-smirk of his). Tuvok tended to favour dry quips (and even the occasional epic pun - see Night).
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